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How to be a Wellbeing Practitioner

Guest post by Chris Johnstone, positive psychologist and author

Years ago I trained as a medical practitioner. These days, I prefer to think of myself as a wellbeing practitioner. I see this role as exciting, inviting and life-enhancing. The shifts I’ve made in my transition from medicine reflect a deeper perspective change relevant not only to health-care but also to life in general. On September 23rd, I’m going to be talking more about these shifts at the NoW Building Wellbeing Together weekend. As a way of beginning a conversation, I’d like to introduce the first two shifts here.

Final Tickets and Bursaries for Building Wellbeing Together Weekend!

Would you like to enjoy a weekend exploring happiness and wellbeing in a beautiful countryside venue? Then join the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking at the Building Wellbeing Together Weekend from 22nd - 24th September 2017 in Stroud, UK! With only a few weeks left until the event, we have a small number of places left and we are also able to offer a small bursary contribution to those who would otherwise not be able to attend.

The Place of Kindness

Kindness is an important, often underestimated, virtue to hold and something we are perhaps all guilty of taking for granted, ignoring even, in a fast moving society. For those of us who are time poor and have lots of people around us, we don’t always appreciate how a simple act of kindness can impact an individual, and in turn society.

Breaking the Spell of Loneliness and Building Wellbeing Together

Loneliness could be considered the antithesis of happiness and wellbeing. Leading research shows that the single most important action people can take to enhance wellbeing is to ‘connect’ with others. This offers a valuable clue as to the links between loneliness and wellbeing: as loneliness increases, wellbeing and happiness tends to fall, and vice versa. This is one reason why here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are proud to support the ‘Breaking The Spell of Loneliness Tour’ run by leading journalist George Monbiot and folk singer Ewan McLennan. This Tour has sought to directly address loneliness and build wellbeing by bringing people together to connect, share and enjoy inspiring music.